Working in a biosafety cabinet can result in an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury risk due increased reaching over the air vent. Take care to ensure you’ve set-up your workstation optimally to reduce injury risk.
Working at biosafety cabinet
Poor Ergonomics: the awkward shoulder posture and extended reaching when using a standard pipette filler and long seriological pipettes are amplified due to the glass barrier and need to reach over the air vent.
- Adjust the height of the biosafety cabinet
- Adjust chair height and height of footring/footrest
- Organize work to keep frequently used items as close as possible
- Place a low provide garbage bin within as close of a reach as possible
- Use ergonomic pipette filler and shorty seriological pipettes
- Obtain elbow rest if needed
- When purchasing a biosafety cabinet an NSF certified with as large of an opening as safely possible, e.g. 12″ to 14″ and a sloped window is preferable
Cleaning biosafety cabinet
- Extended reaching to wipe the back of the cabinet
- Places increased strain on the shoulders, neck and back
Use a telescopic pole with flat head and paper towel to reach the back of the cabinet. This will reduce the strain on the shoulders, neck and back.
Pipettes provided courtesy of ThermoFisher. Armrest provided courtesy of NuAire.